John Wayne’s Grandson, Brendan, Teases What’s Coming Next for Fans on Major Disney+ Series

by Samantha Whidden
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John Wayne‘s grandson and professional stuntman, Brendan Wayne, spoke to ScreenRant over the weekend about what fans of the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” can expect in the third season. 

*** Spoiler Alert For Anyone Just Starting ‘The Mandalorian’

The Mandalorian, which debuted on the Disney streaming service in 2019. It follows Din Djarin (played by Pedro Pascal). In the first two seasons, fans saw Djarian going on a quest to help “The Child,” (AKA The Asset). It was later discovered that The Child’s name is actually Grogu. During the final episode of season 2, Chapter 16: The Rescue, Grogu was saved from the Empire by Luke Skywalker. As he was saying goodbye to the tiny alien, the Djarin removes his helmet (big no-no) to give an emotional goodbye, with a promise to see him again. Brendan Wayne is the stunt double for Djarin. 

While discussing the upcoming season, Brendan Wayne states that for starters, he thinks there will be fewer new character introductions. The season may also be like the first season, with diving deeper into Djarin. “If anyone’s going to be able to continue telling a story, it’s Jon [Favreau],” Wayne explains.

The Mandalorian’s Season 3 is currently set to premiere sometime in 2022. Several spin-off series are also in the works at Disney, including The Book of Boba Fest and Ahsoka. 

John Wayne’s Grandson Talks Working on The Mandalorian Set

In a 2019 interview with Vulture, Brendan Wayne discusses what it’s like to work on The Mandalorian set. “It was a dream to work on this [set],” Wayne states. “Because I was able to live what brought me to acting every day.”

He also reveals that he got to get a landspeeder and have his own Razor Crest. “To be part of the mythology that you grew up with that was integral to you as a kid, it’s really cool.”

Brendan Wayne also spoke about how he got the call to work on the hit series. “I got a call from my agent. He was like, ‘Hey, I need you to do this favor. You need to go try on this costume.’ I’m like, ‘Do I get paid?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, you’ll get paid to go. I can’t tell you anything about it; it’s super top secret.’” 

Not impressed at all by the plan, Wayne goes to suit up in the costume just to realize it was a Mandalorian costume. “I said, “Oh my god, that’s Boba Fett,” Wayne recalls. “And the person was like, ‘No, it’s not Boba Fett! He’s dead!’ And I’m like, ‘No, this is Boba Fett, but I won’t tell anybody.’”

In regards to how it felt to be in the costume, Wayne goes on the say, “It was funny: The second I walked in, I don’t know what possessed me, but I started just telling them things like, ‘This gun, I gotta have it lower. He can’t have it this high, nobody draws a gun this high.’” He concludes that he felt part of the production’s progress by revealing where to place the weapons and parts of the costume. 

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